If you're used to the type of movie where they put in small jokes to… MoreIf you're used to the type of movie where they put in small jokes to entertain the adults as well as children, this isn't it. Home is 100% geared toward children. It's not bad; it's just most of us have come to expect this. Home is full of aliens that change color, so the children are entertaining, has simple toilet jokes, and is non-threatening even with a supposedly menacing race who are out to destroy the Boovs (they're not threatening). It has a simple story, is short, and has some gimmicks to make the kids laugh. I'm a huge Jim Parsons fan from Big Bang Theory, but even his voice gets a little irritating. Most of the other voices could be replaced by anyone else. All that aside, it's not a bad way to kill an hour and thirty minutes.
It's non-offensive to all. It's a neutered, unoriginal, entertaining film. I'd say it'd be great on a movie channel or even when it comes on TV.
Let me start by saying It Follows is the type of movie I would NEVER… MoreLet me start by saying It Follows is the type of movie I would NEVER recommend to a friend. The people leaving the theater didn't seem to like it much, nor did my girlfriend. I don't think most people got what writer/director David Robert Mitchell was going for.
It Follows carries a methodical pace, and isn't your typical someone jumping out from behind a door type scary. It's a suspenseful movie that is like few others. The actors are perfectly cast. I loved the story, and thought the ending was perfect for this film. Before it started dragging on, the director was able to instill life back into It Follows to keep it going. Jennifer Lawrence's breakout role in Winter's Bone is about the pace of It Follows. The cinematography is some of the best you'll find. It's part of what made the whole thing work so well.
The problem was that it did hit a couple of snags with pacing. It drug on a bit, but there wasn't much they could have taken out and maintained the same story, so it's forgivable in my book.
I thought this was a rare find in horror movies, given it has a 95% on RT. That it only got 72% by the fans is something to weigh before going out to see it.
This second of the Divergent movies, Insurgent, did pretty much what… MoreThis second of the Divergent movies, Insurgent, did pretty much what all the other Twilight movies to the first. Took a giant dump on a great start to what is going to be a series.
There isn't any exceptional acting, the story is drawn out and doesn't go very far, and so I don't give anything away, I'll just say they foul up a major part to the books that I thought would make the movie better. Hell, it would have made it good. Instead, what you'll get is one dream sequence after another with an ending that is a year too late to be original (I won't tell which movie just had the same ending so I don't spoil anything).
As they've learned to do, Hollywood is going to drag what's become a bad series out by splitting the book, that I'll guess would have making one interesting ending, into two movies. And as we do, I'll guess it's going to be poorly reviewed and make tons of money. I'd recommend remembering how interesting the first one, and treat it as a stand-alone movie. There's no reason to watch Insurgent.
The continuation of the Marigold Hotel story almost keeps up with the… MoreThe continuation of the Marigold Hotel story almost keeps up with the first. The actors are great, the story is sweet, and the dialogue smart.
The lead, Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) isn't quite as likable this time around. Making Sonny so likable and quirky was a big part of the first being such a wonderful experience. A couple of the stories could have been done better I believe, but they're slightly off; nothing major. One of the stories that goes on through the movie never sees closure.
Maggie Smith, who plays a major role in the second, proves she's more than capable of keeping a movie going. Bill Bighy can do no wrong by me, and the addition of Richard Gere is better than I thought it was going to be.
Even though The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel doesn't have the same magic as the first, it's still worth seeing.
Well here it is. Neill Blomkamp's first average film. There are a… MoreWell here it is. Neill Blomkamp's first average film. There are a bunch of flaws with Chappie that made the film seem rushed.
I rarely notice, nor do I look for gaps in a film. Without giving anything away, I'll say they're so blatant in Chappie that it'll lead to a long discussion of how massive they are. That and some of the weird goings on with Chappie further into the movie can become distracting. All of this is capped of by an ending that doesn't know when to quit. A better ending would have saved the film from averageness.
I love the cast, save the voice of Chappie. I like seeing Sharlto Copley in Blomkamp's films, but it wasn't a good robotic voice. The tone was driving me nuts. Everyone else, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, and the new actors, Ninja and Yolandi Visser, were all superbly cast. Why they felt the need to add a "gangsta" Mexican into the mix, I'll never know.
If you're a Blomkamp fan, it's worth going to see. Maybe not so much if you're not. Either way, waiting to rent Chappie would be a better way to spend your time.
Focus is more funny than the previews led it to be. There isn't much… MoreFocus is more funny than the previews led it to be. There isn't much depth here and there are no hints or surprise twists you won't see coming, but with the cast, it's a nice 1 hour 45 minute escape.
This is the first time Will Smith has shown any signs of aging. He definitely looks his age. He plays pretty much the same character he always does, and I enjoy seeing him do it. Margot Robbie is great. She is seriously funny in Focus. Her and Will Smith don't have much chemistry, but they're pretty good together throwing lines back and forth. Gerald McRaney (I know him from Major Dad) is a has a role that he fits very well. Adrian Martinez gives an entertaining performance as well.
The story doesn't have much depth to it. The "cons" they set up aren't especially surprising. It's mostly how funny Focus is and the pace it keeps up that kept me in my seat. Most of the characters are likable.
You can wait for this one to get it on Red Box, but it's a fun movie.
I didn't think much of Hot Tub Time Machine (HTTM), so when I found… MoreI didn't think much of Hot Tub Time Machine (HTTM), so when I found out they were doing a part 2, I didn't care if I saw it or not. I ended up watching the second and am I glad I did. Make no mistake, HTTM 2 isn't a very good movie by any stretch of the imagination, but it was hilarious. I can't remember many times when I wasn't smiling or laughing at something utterly retarded going on.
These guys work well together, even Adam Scott, who I didn't think was going to fit with the rest of the cast. Craig Robinson and Rob Corddry had some of the best chemistry I'll probably see all year. Corddry's schtick can get old, but he kept a pace that was insane.
There's no need to keep track of the time dilemma most movies have, and this one probably does. That's not part of the fun. Just stretch your cheek muscles before you go in because HTTM 2 is a riot.
Having no idea what to expect, never having seen Spongebob, I have to… MoreHaving no idea what to expect, never having seen Spongebob, I have to say they created the weirdest world I've possibly ever seen. I didn't expect to like The Spongebob Movie, but it was a fun little movie to watch.
It took them a while to get on dry land, and I thought it was going to get redundant while they were in the cartoon, but it didn't. With a few lags here and there, they managed to keep me interested. I don't know the characters, but I liked Spongebob and his friends.
There weren't many people in the theater. I usually gauge a movie like this based on the children in the theater's reaction. The few who were watching were content. There's nothing here that would make me say anyone needs to spend money on Spongebob, but I'm sure they're going to rake in even more come the DVD release. It's worth renting if you have children. Just get ready for poop jokes.
I wasn't sure how they were going to keep me interested in a CG bear… MoreI wasn't sure how they were going to keep me interested in a CG bear not named Ted for more than 30 minutes, but Paddington did just that. When the movie started, it reinforced my doubts about it being a good movie, but as soon as he gets to London (which doesn't take long, it just feels like it), Paddington takes off. They kept the run-time short and used an entertaining cast to keep me involved in the movie.
The Imitation Game is possibly my favorite movie of the year and it… MoreThe Imitation Game is possibly my favorite movie of the year and it and Cumberbatch are worthy of every moment of praise they get. I adore Knightley, and think she's a decent actress. She holds her own and is another thing I could say was fantastic about The Imitation Game. I'll be rooting for this movie every time it's mentioned during the Oscars.